Gerrard not nearing the end

Redditch Advertiser: Steven Gerrard is aiming to win more caps for England Steven Gerrard is aiming to win more caps for England

Steven Gerrard insists there are "still a few more chapters to be written" with England as he prepares to win his 100th cap in Wednesday's encounter with Sweden in Stockholm.

The England captain admits the exciting crop of youngsters at head coach Roy Hodgson's disposal are helping to banish any thoughts of bringing down the curtain on his international career.

Gerrard will join Peter Shilton, Sir Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore, Billy Wright and David Beckham in reaching the century mark for England, and said: "I can't compare myself to a few of the people who have reached 100 caps because they are World Cup winners. It would be disrespectful to do that."

He went on: "It is just very flattering for me to get over the 100 mark and join the other five players who have all been top players in their eras.

"I played with one of them in David Beckham, whom I look up to, and enjoyed a lot of games with.

"The other guys I've seen on tapes and videos and they were unbelievable footballers.

"My England journey has been full of ups and downs, probably the same as a few other England players as well.

"I still feel there are a few chapters to write. I don't feel as if I'm coming to the end.

"I'm happy with my form at the moment in an England shirt and I'm looking forward to helping this team qualify for the World Cup."

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